Pretty the Pump (or CGM)

I recently found this great little website called PumpPeelz.com.

They make these nifty little stickers and covers just for your insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitors (CGMs). I’m a graphic designer, so I wanted to create my own design for my Dexcom CGM. I ordered mine last week and have patiently have been waiting.

Pretty The Pump (or Continuous Glucose Monitor) | Decorating Diabetes | www.iamatype1diabetic.com Today, I received this strange envelope in the mail. I opened it, and turns out it was a card from pumppeelz. 

Hi Calla!
We are going to resend this design to you. It somehow got moved during printing, leaving some white space. You will receive a new one next week!
Thanks, Scott

I really appreciate the effort given from pumppeelz. I am very excited to decorate my new Dexcom share. The pumppeelz sticker is a lot like a clear, protective cover on a cell phone. So far, it seems to be very sturdy!

With my new Dexcom share, I ordered it in the black color. I’m not too much of a “girly girl” and I began to feel like I was with my pink receiver (and the pink case on my OmniPod meter that you can see is this post).

For now, I am going to wait til next week for the new one before completely sticking this new black & purple design onto my CGM. (If you’ve seen any of my wedding photos, my cell phone or my car, you’d know black and purple are more my colors anyway!)

Pretty The Pump | Decorating Diabetes | www.iamatype1diabetic.comI can’t wait to make my Dexcom CGM look pretty! Super excited about this new product, and glad it’s not super expensive either. Click here to find out what other device covers they make to make your diabetes products prettier.

4 Memes

4 Memes | Calla Michalski | Blog Owner of www.IAmAType1Diabetic.comThe Four meme is making the rounds and I thought it would be something fun to post.

I don’t really post non-diabetic things here, so sorry if this is slightly out of the ordinary. I’m just trying to have a little bit of fun, and let you learn more about me! (And if you need to complain, see the comments section below).


So here it goes:

1. Four names people call me other than my real name.

1. In high school, my best friend called me “Rapunzel” because I had really long hair, and never “let it down.” Haha, yup it was always up in a ponytail.
2. Super-CALLA-fragalistic-expe-alladocious. Just cuz it’s funny.
3. “Calla Lily”. You have no idea how much this would annoy me when I was younger. Yes, I’m named after a flower.
4. Mrs. Lugnut – At our wedding, my sister’s maid of honor speech was the best I’ve heard! My hubby and I met because he “forgot” to put a lug-nut on my car. In her speech, she said, “You may now be Mr. and Mrs. Michalski, but in my eyes, you’ll forever be known as Mr. and Mrs. Lugnut!”

2. Four jobs I’ve had.
1. Ted’s Hot Dogs — first job.
2. Computer Lab Assistant — while in my early years of college. Good job, but working til 2am sucked!
3. The entire communications and marketing department at a small real estate firm.
4. Graphic Designer at a fitness club (current job & loving it!)

3. Four places I’ve lived
1. Mahopac, NY
2. New Rochelle, NY
3. Clarence, NY (outside of Buffalo)
4. Niagara Falls, NY
(AND hopefully soon, I can add Putnam Valley, NY to the list).

4. Four places I’ve visited
1. Zurich, Switzerland
2. Barcelona, Spain
3. Venice, Italy
4. Aruba

5. Four things I prefer not to eat
1. Tomato Sauce
2. Pizza (I love it, but boy does it mess up my blood sugars!)
3. Oranges — to hard to peel
4. Whole grain breads, and carbs, and sugar. Oh my goodness — I hate diabetes!

6. Four of my favorite foods
1. Cheese. All and any kind. I’m a total “cheese-head”
2. Philly Cheese Steak
3. Hot dogs with mac & cheese
4. Stuffed Shells (and apparently my mother-in-law loves mine too — she recently asked how I made them! lol)

7. Four things I’m looking forward to this year
1. Closing on our first house
2. Renovating & painting our house
3. Visiting Orlando & enjoying some much needed sun
4. Our one year wedding anniversary. I can’t wait to actually taste our wedding cake! (Yes, I ate some on our wedding day, but my blood sugar was low so I pretty much shoved it down my throat. I can’t wait to actually enjoy it.)

8. Four things I’m always saying
1. “Whatever” / “Whatever you say” (mostly to my husband)
2. “You want this by when?” (mostly to myself, at work, whenever marketing plans are submitted way to late)
3. “Can you feed the dog?” (at home, to my husband while I’m cooking dinner)
4. “I wish I could do yoga tonight” (to my co-workers at 4:30pm when my blood sugars are lower than they should be)

So there you go! Hopefully you learned some interesting stuff about yours truly.
Respond below with some of your 4 memes. I’d love to learn more about you too (diabetes & non-diabetes related)!

Top 10 Things Diabetes Does to Complicate my Life!

Today I had all intentions of doing yoga after work. Checked my blood sugar after clocking outta work. 69mg/dL. Diabetes didn’t agree. Sh*t!

If it weren’t for the fact that this instructor makes my blood sugars plummet every-single-time I take her class, I would have gone. So instead of running into a great yoga class, I’m sitting in my car, drinking juice boxes and waiting for my blood sugar to go up!

Top 10 Things Diabetes Does to Complicate My Life | www.IAmAType1Diabetic.com

The whole situation made me think of how many times I avoid doing things because of my diabetes. Or how many times other times I have to do something because of my diabetes? So I compiled a list of the top 10 things diabetes does to complicate my life.

  1. Avoiding a Yoga Class because of an already low blood sugar (or any other exercise). As noted above, I am pretty upset that I am not working out right now. Sports in high school where also pretty rough. But, I made it through!
  2. Avoiding meals with big carb counts to avoid a high (and unpredictable) blood sugars hours later. Pizza, raviolis and lasagna being the worst for me!
  3. Getting out of bed in the middle of the night because of a low and needing juice and/or a snack. It happens way to often. I’ve learned to go to bed with a juice box beside me, but some nights, that just isnt enough.
  4. Getting out of bed in the middle of the night because for a high. It’s a telltale sign that I’m high when I need to use the bathroom in the middle of the night. Occasionally I will wake up to extreme thirst from a high, but typically I have something to drink next to me.
  5. Driving because of a low blood sugar. Driving with a low blood sugars causes you to drive as though you were drunk. (It could be considered DUI if you were to get pulled over. If you were given a breathalyzer, your blood alcohol count could also be above the ‘normal’ limit.)
  6. OmniPod or Dexcom alarming at the most awkward times. Last week, I was in church sitting behind a t1d friend of mine. We both use OmniPod. We heard it alarm, and both of us put our hands over it to silence the noise. She was the culprit and it was her pod telling her it was time to change. But, that’s not the point! It was a very awkward time to alarm!
  7. Wardrobe Malfunctions. I wear two things attached to my body 24/7… The OmniPod Insulin Pump “Pod” and the Dexcom G4 Continuous Glucose Monitor “transmitter.” It can be very difficult to wear the outfits I want to wear each day because of a pod or transmitter placement. Today, nothing fit ‘right’ and I could clearly see decom on my upper thy under my pants!
  8. My Mood. With a high blood sugar, you’d think I was full on PMSing. With a low, I act like I’m stoned. Just no winning.
  9. Not always quite feeling “safe.” I can never have enough snacks on hand. I can never have enough insulin in my test kit. I can never quite eat enough with a low. I can never quite get myself enough insulin to bring down a high. It’s a balancing act, and it’s definitely hard to feel safe at one blood sugar. It can easily change 10 minutes from then!
  10. Being able to just pick up and go. Nope, can never quite do that. My husband and I once went to the grocery store, and he was paying, so I left my purse, wallet and meter at home. In the middle of the super market, OmniPod started doing the ‘scream of death.’ I had an occlusion and no meter with me to turn it off. Needless to stay, I put my arm over pod to somewhat silence the noise, but we got some mighty strange looks when I grabbed something off the shelf! Living with diabetes always makes me wonder “how long will we be out?”, “Do I need to bring my purse & meter?”, and “Do I have enough test strips / insulin / glucose tablets until I get back home?”

Egg-Crack Challenge

Remember the “Ice Bucket Challenge”? A new awareness challenge is trending! The diabetes “Egg-Crack Challenge” was started by a young man who recently passed away due to complications of type 1 diabetes.  Students from Villanova University took it to the next level to promote awareness and doing the Diabetes Egg-Crack Challenge.

Watch the video here!

Crack, donate, nominate. Let’s see your video. Maybe you’ll see me doing the diabetes “Egg-Crack Challenge” in a video soon…

If you plan to join in the challenge, please remember to donate to JDRF! Donations can be made online here. Also, don’t forget to share your link in the comments below!!! I’d love to see it.

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Spring Forward with a Better Blood Sugar

Today I woke up in a daze. The clocks were all different; I was lightheaded and everything around me felt so strange. I just knew my blood sugar was low. I quickly grabbed a juice box, took a selfie and proceeded to check my blood sugar level.


Yes, that is definitely a low blood sugar kind of daze. My hubby claims that my pupils get really small with low blood sugars, so I’m testing out his theory. 


I was surprised at how low my blood sugar was. How was I functioning? Somehow my sensor for dexcom must have gone bad. There are no readings for the last 2 hours. It didn’t alert me. It didn’t wake me up. It didn’t prevent my extremely low blood sugar from happening. At first I thought it could have been from sleeping on the sensor. Now that I’ve been awake and it still not showing a reading, I know it needs to be changed.

Both my omnipod and Dexcom need to have the times changed today. Hopefully that will also get my blood sugars back on track! 

Please remember to spring forward all of your diabetic devices too. If you need help to change the time on your Dexcom or Omnipod, click here to read an old post with step by step instructions